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You've probably had a lot of commercials tell you that their cereal is "part of a complete breakfast," but what does that really mean? This video explains why cartoon mascots use that phrase so often, as well as what a "complete breakfast" should actually entail.

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Chicken wings are often a near-mandatory menu item for social gatherings, but they're finicky - never quite right from the oven, with disappointingly soggy skin. One methodical foodie has found the perfect home-cooked solution: an overnight baking powder bath.

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Grilled cheese is already one of the best snacks around but, believe it or not, there's a way to make it even better: Add cheese (and other toppings) to the outside, not just the inside, of the sandwich. Cancel your appointments this afternoon and make this grilled cheese instead.

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Eating a mango is like taking a mini vacation in your mouth—all of a sudden, you’re transported somewhere sunny and warm, even if you’re not. But as tasty as they are, they can be a little tricky to cut up. Luckily, this instructional video demonstrates how to cut off big, clean slices from a mango around its flat, oval pit (yes, mangoes have pits).

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Buying meat when it’s on sale and then freezing it for when you need it is great in theory. However, in practice, it’s incredibly difficult (some might even say impossible) to remember to thaw that meat ahead of time. The recommended method of thawing frozen meat overnight in the fridge can not only take more than a day, it also requires planning. As a speedier alternative, many people submerge frozen meat in cold water. But there’s an even faster method: hot water baths.

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Heavy cream is delicious and adds a richness to all sorts of sweet and savoury dishes, but it’s not something everyone keeps in their fridge at all times. So what can you do if you’ve got a hankering for a recipe that calls for heavy cream but don’t have any on-hand? As it turns out, you can use a combination of milk and butter as a pretty effective substitute.

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One of my favourite snacks is tomato sandwiches - yes, just tomato - which is a deceptively simple and vastly underrated lunch. However, I can get a little overzealous, and end up with a few too many 'maters after a trip to the grocery store. Luckily, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats has a few ways to keep my favourite vegetable (or berry, if you insist) super fresh.

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An enjoyable bout of foodie one-upmanship has yielded not only one "reverse-engineered" home recipe of KFC's 11 herbs and spices, but an improved version of fried chicken that strips out the MSG. Get the napkins ready and see for yourself.

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At some point in the history of salads, everyone agreed that the correct dressing ratio is one part vinegar to three parts oil. They’re all wrong. If you’re perpetually disappointed by vinaigrette recipes, do what I do: use half as much oil as the recipe calls for and go from there. That’s it, that’s the hack.